Got a question about the NSS?

NeSSa_on_TCMany of you will have seen NeSSa the Camel about the campus, asking final year students to complete the National Student Survey (NSS).

Thanks very much to those of you who’ve filled it out already and we hope you’ve enjoyed spending your FREE £5 Amazon voucher that is available to everyone who completes the survey.

We’ve answered some of the common questions that have cropped up about the survey, Amazon vouchers and more below. Hopefully these will be useful for you…

1. Where do I fill out the NSS?

You can fill out the NSS online here.

2. What are the results used for?

Results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisors to help them make informed choices of where and what to study.

3. Who is NeSSa?

NeSSa the Camel is the NSS mascot. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter or come and see her in person on Talbot and Lansdowne campuses over the coming weeks. You can post your #SelfiesWithNeSSa – she’s a very photogenic camel!

4. How do I claim my £5 Amazon voucher?

To claim your NSS Amazon voucher you need to follow the instructions on the screen when you have completed the survey. Either take a screengrab of the completion screen and send it to Or tick the box to have the confirmation screen sent via email and forward the email to If you have already completed the survey but didn’t do this, don’t worry, you can still claim your voucher. You will have received a generic email thanking you for completing it so just forward this to and we’ll do the rest.

You’ll receive your £5 Amazon voucher within five working days of doing this.

5. What about print credit?

Some students think they’ll get printer credit if they wait and complete the survey later. This is not the case. Last year, printer credit was offered as an incentive. This year it’s a £5 Amazon voucher.

6. Are there any other prizes?

As well as getting a £5 Amazon voucher, we’ll enter you into a prize draw. We have 5 x £200, 5 x VIP Graduation packages and 5 x pairs of SUBU Summer Ball tickets to be won. Terms and conditions apply.

7. I’ve tried to complete the survey, but it says I’m ineligible. Why is that?

If you find you can’t complete the NSS this may be because you are a ‘top up’ student or did an optional placement, in which case you would have been asked to complete the survey last year.

8. What is my student reference number?

You will be asked to enter your student reference number when completing the NSS. This is displayed on the bottom right of your student card. It begins with a 4 or occasionally a 9 and is the one you put on your exam papers.

9. Is the student reference number different from my iNumber?

Yes, the iNumber is the one you use to log on to BU computers. This is a different number.

10. I completed the NSS using my iNumber. Will my answers be valid?

Don’t worry. The survey company will still be able to use your responses, but they will need to match the data manually. It may take a little longer to send your confirmation email.

Hopefully this has answered any questions you may have. If not, please email the Student Communications Team.

You and your BU experience

The focus for BU over the next few weeks is firmly on asking all of our undergraduate students about their BU experience.

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If you’re a final year student, your lecturers have probably already told you about the National Student Survey (NSS). This is a great opportunity for you final year student to reflect upon your full experience at BU. It only takes a few minutes to complete and we’ll give you a FREE £5 Amazon voucher to say thanks for your time.

Your feedback given through the survey is used to compile year on year comparative data and results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisors to help them make informed choices of where and what to study.

Complete the survey here or by visiting NeSSa the Camel as she tours around the Talbot and Lansdowne Campus.

As well as getting a £5 Amazon voucher, we’ll enter you into a prize draw. We have 5 x £200, 5 x VIP Graduation Packages and 5 x pairs of SUBU Summer Ball Tickets to be won*

*Terms and conditions apply

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If you’re in years 1 or 2 (level C & I) of an undergraduate BU course, then you should opt for the UK Engagement Survey.

With this survey you get to reflect on whether you’re making the most of your academic experience, while you still have the time and opportunity to explore options to see how you can engage in other ways.

Your feedback will help us to see what’s working, and what could be improved. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five SUBU Summer Ball tickets*.

Both surveys open on Monday 9 February and eligible students will be emailed later today – you can also find out more and access the surveys on iBU.

If you’re a postgraduate student, on a top-up course or an undergrad on placement you can still have your say by completing the Student Opinion Survey (SOS).

*Terms and conditions available upon survey completion.

iBU keeps getting better

iBUsparkles (2)With the new semester starting and the National Student Survey (NSS) now in full swing for final year students, iBU has been updated to include a new NSS function that will allow you to complete the survey wherever you are*. As well as completing the survey you can view a video all about the NSS and  follow the continuing adventures of NeSSa the Camel on Facebook and Twitter.

A new semester may also mean changes to your timetable – to make sure that you are up to date, don’t forget to refresh your timetable when in iBU by swiping your finger down on the screen.

Coming soon… iBU is also continuing to grow with the planned release of an improved buses function that will let you know when the next university bus is due.

If you have any further questions or comments about iBU or would like to be part of the beta testers group then contact Stuart Claw.

*Internet connectivity is required to complete the survey.

BU campuses get a #BUProud makeover


If you find yourself walking through our campus over the next few days then you may notice a little change to some of our buildings…

BU’s re-launch of the #BUProud campaign has begun with a new set of pictures displayed on the entrances to some of the university’s buildings.

Current BU students Ieva Severinaite (pictured) and Douglas Tham have been chosen to feature on the entrance doors to Poole House, at the front of BU’s Talbot Campus.

The campaign features students holding chalkboards, on which they have written what they love most about the university, or what they are most proud of. Ieva’s board reads ‘helping me find my path’, while Douglas’ highlights some of the great opportunities on offer at BU.

Other BU staff members, students and graduates will soon take pride of place on the university’s buildings, with chalkboards adorned with #BUProud slogans such as, “Proud of all my students”, “BU has allowed me to realise what I am capable of”, and “Brilliant access to professional facilities.”

Students, staff members and other university audiences are also encouraged to get involved in the campaign by taking to Twitter, using the #BUProud tag to tell the world why they love Bournemouth University.

Ieva Severinaite, who studies the BA Public Relations course within the Media School at BU, said, “It’s overwhelming but very rewarding [being recognised with this picture] and it makes me very proud to be a BU student.

“Being 19 when you come to university it can be tough to know what you want to do in life for the rest of your career. My course and my extracurricular activities at the university, such as being the International Student Officer for SUBU (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University) and being a student ambassador for the university, has helped me to see different paths and different opportunities in life and to know what I want for the future.”

On walking past the picture everyday on the way into university, Ieva said, “It will take a little time to get used to it but it definitely brings a smile to my face every time I see it.”

What makes you proud of being part of the Bournemouth University community. Join the conversation on Twitter and tell us with the #BUproud tag!